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Palestinian Authority child terrorist. "Don't shoot. I am a child."

The army soon may be allowed to act like an army and actually fire at terrorists even if soldiers might only be liable to be wounded and not killed.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Security Cabinet Wednesday morning that there will be a re-examination of a recent decision to prohibit soldiers from shooting at rock-throwing and firebombing terrorists unless their lives are in immediate danger.
He said:

Since the legal system is finding it difficult to deal with stone-throwing by minors, changing open-fire orders regarding the throwing of stones and firebombs will be examined, as will be the imposition – by law – of minimum sentences for those who throw stones and firebombs.

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Stiffer sentences, including several years in prison, for rock-throwers already are on the agenda following an imitative by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

The issue of minors throwing rocks, intended to kill Israeli drivers either with a direct hit in the face or by causing them to lose control of their vehicles and crash, was highlighted around the world earlier this week with the video of a Palestinian Authority family whose children are “stars” in rock-throwing attacks on soldiers, whose reactions are filmed and edited to portray the children as innocent victims of a big bad army.

The video showed the children and adults punching and beating the soldier, who sat helpless and without even aiming his semi-automatic rifle at them.

Prime Minister Netanyahu did not refer to the most recent “Pallywood” video and instead focused on the increasing number of attacks on Highway 443, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway that is an alternate to Highway 1 and which also connects the capital with the suburban city of Modi’in.

He told the Security Cabinet:

The policy is zero tolerance for stone-throwing and zero tolerance for terrorism.

That has been said over and over, but the government and military actually have shown 100% tolerance by tying the hands of soldiers trying to defend themselves and civilians.

One young woman told TheJewishPress.com she still is traumatized by an ambush on a vehicle in which she was riding on Highway 60 between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.

“S. B.” said”

Arabs smashed the back windshield and ambushed our car. An IDF officer at the scene communicated with his superior, who told him not shoot. The officer replied, ‘How am I supposed to defend civilians if I can’t shoot?’

Good question.

The IDF’s answer earlier this month was not encouraging and was so cowardly that even international media such as Newsweek reported:

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has tightened its rules of engagement for soldiers based in the West Bank in a move one analyst says could embolden would-be Palestinian attackers.

IDF soldiers have been instructed not to shoot at Palestinian suspects unless they pose an immediate threat to life in an updated directive issued by Major General Roni Numa, who is in charge of IDF Central Command….

The new directive clarifies existing IDF rules on opening fire against Palestinians. The rules stipulate that soldiers can only shoot when their lives are threatened—so if an attacker throws a firebomb at soldiers before running away, for example, the soldiers can only shoot in the air, as the attacker no longer poses a threat to forces.

Asaf Day, an Israeli security analyst with Tel Aviv-based consultancy Max Security…said, ‘I think [these measures] will encourage Palestinians to carry out more attacks and I think it has been proven in the past.”

That is exactly what has happened, and the Prime Minister gave clear signs today he will rectify the situation.

He also ordered the examination of several defensive measures, such as increasing lighting and the number of security cameras on Highway 443. In addition, two more Border Police companies and approximately 400 more police officers will be stationed in Jerusalem.

That does not solve the problem in Judea and Samaria, where rock-throwing attacks are so common that they no longer are reported by most media, unless someone is seriously injured or killed. That is similar to the rocket attacks from Gaza. If they “land,” meaning “explode,” in “open areas,” the liberal media might consider it important enough for two paragraphs.

The “turn the other cheek for the sake of ‘peace'” mentality that successive U.S. governments and the European Union have imposed on Israel still prevails in many quarters.
As usual, it takes more violence and injures before the government and the IDF begins to think that maybe, just maybe, soldiers should be allowed to shoot at terrorists, whether they are shooting bullets or throwing rocks.

Netanyahu took the first step today by suggesting that perhaps solders can shoot, even if rocks and firebombs might cause them injuries and not death.

Below the photo, a video shows Palestinian children, starring Shirley Temper.

‘Shirley Temper” in action

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

40 COMMENTS

  1. This episode was quickly pulled from history channel collaborators series After much muslim protest by(cair of muslim brotherhood)
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    “palestine” gaza or “west bank” hamas fatah cair muslim brotherhood bds is mentioned
    be well
    abbas is a shia persian name leading fatah
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    humanshields were a myth the children and citizens were and are willing combatants summer training camps arent new nor is their news papers,school books and childrens programs
    Schools,unrwa,hospitals and other public works are occupied by terrorist supporters
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  2. These people who terrorise Jews both civilian, police & military have absolutely no respect for life or limb and are seeking martyrdom. Shooting them with live-rounds is not the answer – showering them with pig fat or firing shot-shells of pig fat would be far better!

  3. Parents should havet to be accountable for what their kids do. The kids should be punished for threatening, and their parents detained for a week or so. By all means, hreat must be met by force. If that is done, the kids would not feel it is okay to try and provoke. Most kids learn that if they put their finger in a light socket, they will remember what happened, and not do it again.

  4. SHAME ON NATANIAOU, WELL MAYBE NOW THAT HIS GRANDFATHER TOMB WAS DESACREATED, MAYBE NOW HE WILL DO SOMETHING AT HAR AZETIME THAT HAS BEEN A SCARY THING FOR FAMILY WHO CAN T EVEN GO TO PAY RESPECT TO THEIR DEAD

    YOU SHOUD KNOW THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE LOW LIFE SCUMB BACK AND TAKE THEIR FRUSTRATION ON THE DEAD THAT CAN T RETALIATED HAVE TO BE DEALT WITH IN A VERY SERIOUS MATTER

    EVERYTHING THE TERRORIST DO AGAINS THE ISRAELI CITIZENS IS A DIRECT CAUSE OF BIBI BEING A COWED AND AFRAID OF THE GOYIME, HE FORGOT WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE WORLD, NOT BIBI, NOT PUTIN AND CERTAINLY NOT ALL THE SICK AYATOLA, I WILL LOVE TO BE AROUND WHEN G. OD WILL DESTROY ALL THE ENEMIES OF A. SHEM.

  5. Wait, if his precious son actually does duty and not just hide in a nice office in Tel Aviv, then things will change the minute his son encounters the first rock incident aimed at him. Until then, he really does not care since he only cares about the people in North Tel Aviv and upper class enclaves around there.

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